A psychiatric exam has been requested by the attorney for the semi driver that hit a car killing a mother and her twin girls in Indianapolis, Indiana, in July.
Fifty-seven-year-old accused Bruce Pollard was traveling a lot faster than the posted speed limit and reaching for his iced tea when got distracted and didn’t realize traffic on I-465 had slowed, court documents show.
His truck struck a line of vehicles from behind resulting in multiple fatalities and multiple serious injuries. Alanna Koons, 29, and her 18-month-old twin daughters June and Ruby were killed when their car burst into flames after being struck by the semi.
Pollard is facing charges of reckless homicide and reckless operation of a vehicle in a work zone.
His attorney, Jack Crawford, filed a motion to have a psychiatric exam done to see if his client is competent to understand the court procedures and assist his attorney in his defense.
The court documents show Pollard is concerned about getting the death penalty when that isn’t a sentencing option in his case. It seems he is not sure if his attorney is there to harm or help him, and the filing says it’s generally difficult to conduct a conversation with him due to how many times he repeats himself.
At times, he’s reportedly wanted to know when his mother is coming to take him home. He’s also stated that he needs “to be in a mental hospital.”
Court documents also show Pollard fell off a combine four years ago and he injured his head. He’s had “trouble thinking” and has no memory of the deadly crash since doctors operated and removed part of his brain.
Police said Pollard “showed no remorse” after the crash and stated he was reaching for his iced tea to drink and when he looked up traffic had stopped.
Pollard did say he was sorry for what happened after being prompted to do so during his first court.
Investigators found that Pollard had a history of careless driving with more than a dozen previous driving violations, including driving an overweight truck, failing to keep proper driving records, speeding, not wearing a seat-belt and as recently as this year, failing to maintain his brakes.
He had been disciplined, then fired, in April 2019 for unsafe driving on several occasions.
The court has not yet accepted the motion. Pollard is scheduled for a jury trial Oct. 10.